Signaling Molecules

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About signaling molecules


The signaling molecules that are found in the Dr. Q’s line of fertilizers are “glycoprotein elicitors”. A Glycoprotein is simply a compound where a sugar and a protein have been bonded, and an Elicitor is a molecule that provokes a plant into defending itself in some way (like when we are allergic to something). These molecules help reduce soil compaction by opening up spaces for air and water. Porous soil makes fertilizers more efficient, and increase plant health by allowing for oxygen penetration. This dramatically reduces anaerobic disease (root rot).


How do they work? Signaling Molecules replicate (or simulate) the same root discharges that activate dormant beneficial fungal spores including mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi act as plant root extensions, bringing in more water and nutrition. They also produce threadlike substances in the soil, splitting open compacted soil particles and creating more space. They literally punch holes in the soil surface to bring in air and let out gasses produced by growing roots. These fungi are Mother Nature’s form of aeration, and actually help make your soil come to life.



Star Nursery in a partnership with Seasource, Inc., developed an environmentally safe, soil conditioning fertilizer line particularly effective in the harsh soil and climates of the Southwest. Dr. Q’s Fertilizers were field tested, with amazing success.  Dr. Q’s® Garden Products are unlike any others offered in the retail market today. They contain these vital “signaling molecules. The unique patented formulas in Dr. Q’s fertilizers and plant tonics ensure exceptional plant health and reflect our commitment to the environment. Go to to learn more.









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